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Bulldog Winch Powersports Series ATV Winch - Synthetic Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 3,500 lbs

Bulldog Winch Powersports Series ATV Winch - Synthetic Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 3,500 lbs

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Standard-duty winch with 1.6-hp, permanent magnet motor and mechanical brake lets you quickly and safely recover a stuck ATV. Sealed motor, gearbox, and contactor protect winch from the elements. Hand-held remote and handlebar rocker switch included. Call 800-298-8924 to order Bulldog Winch electric winch part number BDW15013 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Bulldog Winch products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Bulldog Winch Powersports Series ATV Winch - Synthetic Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 3,500 lbs. Electric Winch reviews from real customers.
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Bulldog Winch Electric Winch - BDW15013

  • ATV - UTV Winch
  • Bulldog Winch
  • 3400 - 4000 lbs
  • Synthetic Rope
  • Plug-In Remote
  • Medium Line Speed
  • 2.0 HP
  • Load Holding Brake

Standard-duty winch with 1.6-hp, permanent magnet motor and mechanical brake lets you quickly and safely recover a stuck ATV. Sealed motor, gearbox, and contactor protect winch from the elements. Hand-held remote and handlebar rocker switch included.


  • Powersports ATV recovery winch is designed for recreation and standard-duty work applications
    • Perfect for 500cc - 850cc quad 4x4s and sport side-by-sides
    • Recommended for ATVs with a maximum GVW of 1,750 lbs
  • 1.6-hp, Permanent magnet motor delivers powerful, fast, and safe line pulling
    • Motor is lighter and uses less current than a series-wound motor
    • Sealed to keep out water and prevent internal corrosion
  • Sealed, 250-amp contactor transmits power from the vehicle's battery to the winch motor
    • Water- and weather-resistant to IP67 specifications
    • Mounts under ATV's front cover or hood with included hardware
  • Automatic, mechanical brake holds 100 percent of the load while minimizing winch creep
  • All-steel, 3-stage planetary gear train
    • Provides increased drum speed when compared with worm drives and 1- or 2-stage planetary gear trains
  • Plastic, hand-held remote with 20' lead lets you operate winch from a safe distance
    • Remote port with 8' lead mounts anywhere on ATV with included hardware
    • Water-resistant switch powers the load in and out
    • Wireless remote control (BDW20156 - sold separately) available
  • Rocker switch lets you control the winch from the seat of your ATV
    • Mounts to handlebar with included hardware
  • Free-spooling clutch ensures fast rope payout and reduces wear on the motor
  • 3/16" Diameter HMPE synthetic rope is strong as steel yet lightweight and safer to handle
    • 50' Long with 6' woven polyester protective sleeve
    • 1/4" Steel hook and nylon hand-saver strap included
  • Heavy-duty, CNC machined billet aluminum hawse fairlead
    • Rounded fairlead hole helps prevent friction damage to rope
    • Black anodized finish resists corrosion
  • Mounting channel with hardware included for winch and fairlead
    • Custom mounting plate (sold separately) may be required to mount winch and fairlead to your ATV
  • Durable, black powder coated steel body and motor resist corrosion
  • Tie-bars and extra-thick side frames help to create a strong and rigid winch body


  • Rated line pull (with a single layer of synthetic rope around the drum): 3,500 lbs (static load)
    • Maximum recommended ATV GVW: 1,750 lbs
  • Motor: 12-volt DC
    • Line pull at 0 lbs:
      • Power draw: 11 amps
      • Line speed: 9-1/2 FPM
    • Line pull at 3,500 lbs:
      • Power draw: 180 amps
      • Line speed: 4-1/2 FPM
  • Gear ratio: 136:1
  • Duty cycle: 2 minutes on/15 minutes off
  • Braking: 100-percent load-holding mechanical
  • Battery lead wire: 5 gauge
  • Battery lead length:
    • Contactor to battery: 5'
    • Contactor to winch: 3'
  • Rope dimensions: 50' long x 3/16" (4.8 mm) diameter
  • Winch dimensions: 13-5/8" long x 4-1/2" wide x 4-13/16" tall
  • Drum dimensions: 2" diameter x 2-15/16" long
  • 4-Bolt mounting pattern (center to center): 4-15/16" x 3"
  • Hawse fairlead thickness: 3/4"
  • Distance between hawse fairlead mounting holes (center to center): 4-13/16"
  • Winch weight (with synthetic rope installed): 22.2 lbs
  • Recommended battery size (for maximum power): 650 CCA
  • 2-Year limited warranty

Bulldog Winch ATV Series

This Powersports ATV recovery winch is designed for standard-duty work and recreational applications. It's perfect for your 500cc - 850cc quad 4x4 or sport side-by-side with a maximum GVW of 1,750 lbs. It includes a handlebar-mounted rocker switch so you can control the winch from the seat of your ATV and a hand-held remote with an 8' lead for safe operation at a distance. The motor, gearbox, and contactor are sealed so you can confidently run your ATV through mud and water. And it includes a mechanical brake, a synthetic rope and hawse fairlead, and a universal mounting channel for installation.

Standard-Duty, 1.6-Horsepower Motor

Bulldog Winch ATV Motor

This winch features a 1.6-horsepower, 12-volt DC motor with 3,500 lbs of line pull. The permanent magnet motor offers the same line-pulling power and speed as a series-wound motor of comparable size, but it's lighter and uses less current. The motor is sealed to keep out water, and it's constructed of durable, corrosion-resistant materials including the powder coated housing, copper battery terminals, and zinc-plated steel hardware.

Sealed Contactor

Bulldog Winch ContactorBattery leads and rubber boots

The contactor - or solenoid - transmits power from the ATV's battery to the winch motor. There is a 5' lead that runs from the vehicle's battery to the contactor and a 3' lead that runs from the contactor to the winch. These leads are interchangeable so you can mount the contactor in the most convenient location - typically under the ATV's front cover or hood near the steering column where it's easy to access. Simply match the longest cable set to the longest run and the shortest cable set to the shortest run to eliminate untidy cable runs.

The 250-amp contactor is sealed to meet IP67 specifications for water and weather resistance, and it has copper terminals and zinc-plated steel hardware that resist corrosion. There are also 6 rubber boots included that fit over the terminals on the contactor and battery to repel water and help prevent corrosion.

Free-Spooling Clutch

Bulldog Winch Free-Spooling Clutch freespool

The free-spool clutch enables you to pull out the rope by hand. This saves battery power, prevents the brake from wearing down prematurely, reduces wear on the motor, and is much faster than waiting for the drum to power out the rope. To release the clutch for free-spooling, simply rotate the dial on the end of the gearbox to the "Freespool" position. To reengage the clutch, rotate the dial back to the "Engaged" position. The clutch positions are indicated on the face of the dial.

The clutch is driven by a 3-stage planetary gear train. This provides more speed than traditional worm gear drives or 1- or 2-stage gear trains.

The steel gearbox has a rust-resistant black powder coat finish, and it's sealed to keep out moisture. The clutch shifter is constructed of durable hard plastic.

Automatic, Load-Holding Mechanical Brake

Bulldog Winch Mechanical Brake

The automatic mechanical brake securely holds a load and prevents unintentional payout (or creep). A large spring coil contracts when the winch is in gear and the drum is winding in. When the winch stops, the load starts to pull and the spring expands to press against the spring chamber. The pressure of the spring on the wall of the spring chamber creates resistance to stop the drum from rotating outward. At maximum pressure the brake holds 100 percent of the load.

The friction created when the spring is pressing against the spring chamber creates heat. That heat is quickly dispersed away from the motor shaft and through the gearbox. This prevents potentially damaging heat buildup near the motor.

Hand-Held Remote

Bulldog Winch Hand-Held Remote

The hand-held remote has an in/out rocker switch and a 20' lead that allows you to operate your winch at a safe distance from your ATV. Simply connect the water-resistant, plastic remote to the remote port when you need to use it, and disconnect it to store it away when you aren't using it.

Remote port

The remote port includes an 8' lead and mounting hardware so you can install it anywhere on your ATV. A common, easy-to-access mounting location is on the exterior of the right or left front fender beneath the handlebars.

There is also a wireless remote kit (BDW21056 - sold separately) that lets you control the winch from up to 100' away.

Handlebar-Mounted Rocker Switch

Bulldog Winch Handlbar Mounted Shifter

The handelbar-mounted rocker switch lets you operate the winch from the seat of your ATV. It includes mounting hardware and an 8' wiring harnesss with quick connects.

Synthetic Rope

Bulldog Winch Synthetic Rope

The synthetic rope is made of HMPE fiber that is lightweight yet stronger than steel. This synthetic rope is safer to use than a steel rope because it generates less kinetic energy - and therefore less kickback - if a break occurs. It won't stretch - or creep - over time like steel rope can. And it's also less likely to fray and create sharp strands so it's easier to handle and easier to spool.

The rope winds around a solid steel drum. The mounting flanges are strong enough to resist bending or breaking if the rope wrap becomes uneven and excess stress is put on the drum.

A 6' woven polyester protective sleeve at the hook end of the rope provides extra protection for your hands. A hand-saver strap is also included to use in conjunction with work gloves (BDW20070 - sold separately) so that you can safely handle the rope and hook.

Steel Hook

The removable clevis hook is made of high-strength forged alloy steel that is heavy duty and rust resistant. It has a spring-loaded safety latch for quick fastening and removal. The hook attaches to the steel thimble on the end of the synthetic rope.

Hawse Fairlead

Bulldog Winch Hawse Fairlead

This winch includes a CNC machine billet aluminum hawse fairlead that is designed to be used with synthetic rope. It helps guide the rope as it's winding in and out, and it has a rounded hole to help prevent wear. The 3/4" thick fairlead has a black anodized finish that resists corrosion, and it installs with zinc-plated hardware.

Note: The hawse fairlead does not mount directly to the winch - it typically mounts to the included channel or to tabs on a custom mounting plate (sold separately). Bulldog Winch mounting plates - as well as most other aftermarket mounts - include these tabs.

Rugged Construction

Bulldog Winch Winch Body

The winch is constructed of strong, durable materials that are able to withstand any weather condition or terrain. The motor housing, gearbox, and contactor are sealed to keep water out. The motor housing and gearbox are made of corrosion-resistant powder coated steel. The steel tie bars and side frame drum supports help to create a strong and rigid winch body.


Bulldog Winch Mounting channel

To install the winch on the front of your vehicle you will need a suitable mounting location. The winch and fairlead may be bolted to the included mounting channel. This mounting channel is a basic L-channel and may not be compatible with your ATV. In most cases you will need to bolt a custom mounting plate (sold separately) to the front framework of your ATV in order to mount the winch and fairlead.

The contactor can mount anywhere on the ATV but will typically mount under the front cover or hood near the steering column so it's easy to access.

You can mount the rocker switch on either handlebar but it's typically mounted near the brake on the handlebar opposite the throttle. This allows you to control the winch and accelerate the ATV at the same time. It includes mounting hardware and an 8' wiring harnesss that connects to the contactor with built-in quick connects.

The remote port includes an 8' wiring harnesss and mounting hardware so you can install it anywhere on your ATV. A common, easy-to-access mounting location is on the exterior of the right or left front fender beneath the handlebars. A 7/8" hole will need to be drilled into the fender - or wherever you choose to mount the port - to feed the wiring harnesss through.

Winch Line Pull Capacity

Layers of RopeCapacity (lbs)Total Rope on Drum (ft)
1st Layer3,5008-3/16
2nd Layer3,08018
3rd Layer2,71030
4th Layer2,38542-11/16
5th Layer2,10050

The line pull capacity of your winch is determined by the maximum load your winch can pull with a single layer of rope on the drum. As more layers of rope are wound onto the drum, pulling the same load requires more force, leading to a loss in winching power. With a 2nd layer of rope around the drum, your line pull capacity is reduced by approximately 14 percent. With 3 layers on the drum, the line pull capacity is reduced by approximately 23 percent, and with 4 layers on the drum it is reduced by approximately 35 percent.

Note: It is recommended that you begin any line pull with a minimum of 5 wraps and a maximum of 2 layers of rope on the drum.

Double-Line Pulling

Double-Line Pulling

Increase the pulling capacity of your winch by doubling up the rope with a pulley block (BDW20023 - sold separately). Secure the pulley block to a tree saver strap (BDW20051 - sold separately) with a bow shackle (BDW20006 - sold separately) to provide a strong anchor for your double-line pull. Or use the Bulldog Winch 7-piece rigging kit (BDW20034 - sold separately) that includes everything you need for heavy-duty recovery. Using double-line operation will approximately double your winch's pulling capacity.

15013 Bulldog Winch Powersports Series ATV Recovery Winch - Synthetic Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 3,500 lbs

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Video Transcript for Bulldog Winch Electric Winch - ATV - UTV Winch - BDW15013 Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Bulldog winch, 1.6 horsepower utility winch. This is a 3500 pound winch, again with the 1.6 horsepower, permanent magnet motor. It's going to be a great addition to your ATV or UTV. This is designed for 12-volt DC systems. It's going to feature this synthetic rope design. That's going to measure 50 feet long and it's going to have a diameter of 4.8 millimeters.

The rope is going to be protected pretty well with the aluminum hawse fairlead right here. That reduces wear and tear on the rope as you extend it our or bring it back in, and it's going to help the rope to respool correctly back around the drum. On the end of the rope there's going to be a safety pin and clip, and then we're going to have the quarter inch forged steel safety hook with the spring-loaded clasp on it to prevent accidental disconnecting, and it's going to have the hand-saver strap. Now with this winch, it does have a free-spooling clutch. That's going to be controlled by an easily accessible dial here on the side of the winch. It has 2 positions - engaged and disengaged.

With the unit engaged, that means that you're ready to winch. With it disengaged, that goes into free-spool mode, so you can grab the line, extend it out pretty quickly to where you need it, and get connected. Right here is going to be the included 250-amp sealed contactor. That is included. It's got the mounting bracket on the back. The mounting hardware is included for that.

You want to get that mounted to an out of the way location. The winch also comes with the mounting bracket for the actual winch. Right now I have the winch mounted to it. Four pieces of hardware gets that fully installed together, and then 2 pieces of hardware holds the hawse fairlead onto that mount as well. That's just a generic base plate or L-bracket for mounting the winch.

Now, please keep in mind that depending on your particular application, an ATV or UTV specific bracket may be required for your particular setup. It's also going to come with the necessary hardware for your installation. I also want to mention that the unit's going to come with 2 switches, so you're going to get your handlebar mounted mini rocker switch. It's going to control line in and line out from the handlebar of your unit, or from the cab of your unit. It's going to come with the hardware and the bracket to get that installed. Then right here, you're going to have the handheld controller with the female plug and wiring harness, so that's included as well. It's also going to come with this wiring harness. This wiring harness has the connectors to get connected to the contactor, as well as the handlebar rocker switch has as well. But this one's for the handheld remote, so the same connectors to get it connected to the solenoid or the contactor here to send a signal to the winch, and then it's got the port right there that you can get mounted to an easily accessible location. That way you can quickly plug in or disconnect the handheld remote. When it's not connected, it does have the dust cap to go over the connection points to keep dirt and grime out of the connection points. It does come with 2 switches, which is a pretty neat luxury and feature of the unit. When it comes to the braking system on the winch, we're looking at an automatic load-holding mechanical end drum brake. The winch is going to have a pulling capacity of 3500 pounds with one layer of rope in the drum. With 5 layers of rope in the drum, the rate of line pull is 2100 pounds. With no weight on the rope, the line speed is 9.5 feet per minute with an amp draw of 11 amps. With max weight of 3500 pounds on the line, the speed is 4.6 feet per minute with an amp draw of 180 amps. When it comes to the gear ratio, we're looking at 136 to 1. The drum diameter on the winch is 2 inches, drum length is 2.9 inches long. These connectors right here, these are your battery leads, so it's really simple to get set up. Your short wires are going to be the wires that connect the motor, which is this area over here, so I do want to mention that the rope is at the center of the winch, so it's got that center drum design. You have the gearing and clutch on this side, and then you have the motor on this side. The 2 short wires, these are going to measure 3 feet long, gauge 6 wiring, they're going to get connected to the color-coded terminals or posts right here on the motor side. These wires are going to run to the solenoid, and then the tips of the posts that they connect to are color-coded. Then you would have that mounted to a convenient, out of the way location. Then you're going to have your longer battery leads. These are going to be gauge 6. These are going to be 6 feet long. They would run from the solenoid, or from the contactor, to the 12-volt power supply or to the battery. Pretty easy to get connected. All the connectors on the switches are going to be wire to wire when it comes to coloring, and then it has the quick connects on it, so you can easily get those connected. It's going to come with the rubber boots that goes over the terminals and connection areas just to keep those protected, to keep dirt and grime and moisture out of the connection areas. Again, we got 3 feet long with the shorter ones, 6 feet long with the longer ones. Now I'm going to spend some time and go over the measurements of the winch. When it comes to the overall length of the winch, we are looking at about 12 3/4 of an inch long. Two width measurements I want to give you, just measuring the width of the winch, so from this point here to this point here, that's going to give us a measurement of about 4 5/8 of an inch wide. If include the bracket and the hawse fairlead, that's going to increase it to about 6 inches wide. When it comes to the height, just the winch itself is going to be about 4 7/8 of an inch tall. With it mounted on the mounting plate, that's going to be about 5 1/8 of an inch tall. We'll go and flip it over, take a look at the mounting bracket and the mount holes. This mounting plate, measuring the width, that's going to be about 6 inches wide. Measuring the height to the bottom of the fairlead, we're looking at about 5 1/4 inches. The mount holes on the base plate are going to be separated on center. I'm talking about these 4 right here. That looks to be about 2 1/2 inches. Then going up and down, those are going to be separated by about 3 1/8 inches, and then the 4 holes here on the corners of the bracket or of the mounting plate, those are going to be separated on center by 4 15/16 of an inch. Then going this way, they're going to be separated on center by about 3 inches. That's going to do it for today's look at the Bulldog winch, 1.6 horsepower winch.


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    The Bulldog Winch Powersports Series ATV Winch # BDW15013 is listed as a car winch based on the fact it has the hand held remote and flat mounting bracket for the other switch. The Superwinch Terra Series ATV Winch # SW1135230 is listed as and ATV/UTV winch because it has the remote as well as the switch for handlebar or shifter mounting. You are correct that they are very similar and will function in the same manner. They are both a good option for your enclosed trailer for hauling...
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